By Meg Barone Correspondent
The white colonial house at 365 Center Road near the center of Easton was built in 1927 but with an eye toward the future because this house has 9-foot ceilings and lots of closet and storage space that is generally absent from early 20th century homes.
The house sits back from the road on a three-plus-acre lot, surrounded by areas of multi-level terraces and level ground and bordered by mature deciduous and evergreen trees. Although the 2,232 square-foot house is up on a bit of a hill, the driveway is level, allowing for easy access to the house during winter snow storms.
The stone driveway is marked by two fieldstone columns topped with lanterns. The drive way widens as it nears the two car, attached, under-house garage, providing plenty of room for the company the next owner will likely entertain at this house and property. The current family, which occupied the house for 45 years, fondly remembers picnics, parties and sporting activities, including soccer and football games, and driving ATVs in the wooded areas of the property. Although not visible from the house or yard, there is also a pond in the far back part of the property, which can be used for figure skating.
Entrance into the house is gained from the garage, the back patio or the front porch. Pass the tall stone retaining walls, climb the stone steps and traverse an attractive staircase and path — both of red brick, to the covered front porch, which has two columns.
Inside, the front door opens into a small vestibule with a coat closet. The vestibule is separated from the foyer by two French doors. In the foyer there is a larger closet. To the left is the formal dining room, to the right is the formal living room and straight ahead is the staircase to the second floor, which has a bird’s nest railing and also a hallway that leads to the kitchen and a sun room.
The spacious front-to-back living room includes a floor-to ceiling oversized stone fireplace with a wood mantle and stone hearth flanked by built-in book shelves with glass-front doors.
On either side of the fireplace are entrances into other rooms. The one on the front side of the house looks like it may have been a sun room or porch at one point, but has been con verted into an office. It would also make an ideal den, library or playroom. Considering the amount of natural light this room gets, it would also make a great art studio space. This room has wall-to-wall carpeting, two walls of windows with multiple panes, and a built-in book shelf that goes from floor to ceiling. A French door separates it from the living room. This room also has wainscoting on the ceiling.
On the opposite side of the fireplace is access to another room, which is used as a den or television room. It also has two walls of windows and two sets of built-in bookshelves.
There are numerous windows in this house which bring in lots of natural light. The living and dining rooms have the same windows — four double-hung windows side by side with four panes in each of the top win dows and one large pane in the lower windows. In the dining room there is also another win dow that sits horizontally and higher up in the wall than the rest of the windows, and it has six panes. It is recessed so it creates a ledge on which to place decorative pottery and dishware.
The kitchen has a hardwood floor, ceramic tile on the lower portion of the walls and floral themed wallpaper on the rest, Formica counters, double stain less sink, built-in cabinets and a smaller counter area topped in tiny mosaic tiles of white, beige and dark brown. This tile formation is repeated on the counter in the butler’s pantry that sits between the kitchen and dining room. This area also has built-ins with glass-front cabinets and an alcove that creates a break fast nook.
Back in the kitchen, the appliances include a General Electric range. Just off the kitchen is a half bath and access to the sun room, which has two walls of windows and a door that leads into the backyard. A portion of the yard is enclosed by a chain link fence.
Upstairs, there is a French door in the landing that leads to a balcony over the sun room.
The full bath on this level is accessed through the hallway and it has a honeycomb-patterned tile floor, white ceramic subway tiles on the lower walls with a black and white border, paper on the upper walls and a combina tion tub and shower.
There is a second bath on this floor in one of the bedrooms. It is a half bath with a linoleum floor, gray tile on the lower walls with a coral-colored tile border and a floral paper on the upper walls. There is also a built-in counter area with drawers and cabinets.
There are attractive views of mature trees, shrubbery and open lawn from almost every window of this house.
For more in formation, or to set up a private appointment to see the house, call Debra Kandrak at 203-581-3926, or Margaret Rotini at 203-209-2988. Both are from Kandradk & Rotini, an affiliate of William Raveis Real Estate.